Today, I had a Saturday to myself, and I was feeling tropical. I decided to make crock pot pineapple chicken. I honestly think this was one of the most delicious meals I have made!
I found the recipe on damndelicions.net. Click here for the original recipe.
I used chicken breasts instead of thighs (because that’s what I had in my freezer), and I used teriyaki sauce instead of soy sauce. I didn’t have any chicken broth, brown sugar, honey or pineapple juice on hand. Thus, for the sauce, I mixed teriyaki sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, minced garlic, black pepper, ground ginger and sriracha. I only used one chicken breast, so the amount of sauce I had was sufficient. You could give this dish a Hawaiian and/or an Asian spin. I kind of did a mix of both. I would also recommend putting a seasoning on the chicken. I used a Famous Dave’s poultry seasoning, but I’m sure cajun would have been tasty as well. I didn’t fry the chicken in the pan first; I just put it in the crock pot.
This is something I definitely want to make again in the future! Although, I think carving the pineapple into an artsy dish in which to put the meal (as seen in the photo) was way more work than it needed to be.
One of my favorite things to do is cook dinner with my boyfriend. It is less expensive than going out to eat, and we can sit in sweatpants and watch The Office while eating dinner from the comfort of my own apartment. This Valentine’s Day, we decided to cook dinner together so that we could skip the busy restaurants (and because I had to study for an exam that was scheduled for the next day).
Since Valentine’s Day was also Ash Wednesday, we needed to make sure that the meal was vegetarian (my boyfriend is vegetarian so it was a win-win!). We decided to a make spinach artichoke mac and cheese. I had the idea to make it when I saw a Tasty video about it the week before.
One of my summer goals is to learn a new recipe every week and make dinner for my family. My first meal was a little spontaneous–my mom said that we had a ton of pasta that we could use up, so I had the idea to make pesto.
On the sixth day of London, our small group took the tube to the South Bank area and toured Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. It was a really cool experience because we happened to be the only tour in the theatre at the time. I had read about five Shakespeare plays in high school, and I have a better appreciation for Shakespeare after touring the replica theatre.